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Scott Brown's special election strategy

Today's Monday Fix column -- yes, we write for the dead-tree edition of the Post too! -- looks at Sen. Scott Brown's (R) decision to wade into the special elections in Hawaii and Pennsylvania and what it might mean for the man from Massachusetts' political future.

Brown has emailed the Hawaii addresses on his broad national fundraising list -- gathered during his stunning January special election victory over state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) -- to ask for donations for Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou in advance of the May 22 special election in Hawaii's 1st district.

Brown will actually travel to Pennsylvania on May 14 for a fundraiser and rally to benefit businessman Tim Burns who is locked in a tough race with former congressional staffer Mark Critz (D) in the 12th district.

To date, Brown has been reluctant to step far outside the boundaries of Massachusetts when it comes to endorsements, having only supported Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) prior to now.

But, Brown could face a choice on that front soon enough.

We write:

"While Brown insists his focus is on winning a full term in 2012 and supporting the likely presidential candidacy of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, his star power and the challenge of holding a seat in a strongly Democratic state could well force a rethinking of that plan -- and a move to the national stage -- at some point soon."

Brown may be too green to be presidential material but he would almost certainly be in the mix for vice president if anyone other than Romney is the nominee.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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CC, this discussion of Scott Brown is just really to early to talk about. I suspect he will check the polls and see what their saying in the middle of next year. He saved the GOP to allow us to have enough R votes for a filibuster if need be. That is the important role he plays now. But to win in Mass. as he did was impressive, very impressive. But VP? I don't know that's in the cards. We could say the same about RI Gov. Don Carceiri or Vermont Gov. Douglas when you want to talk about impressive Republicans who win continually in Democratic states.

Posted by: reason5 | May 4, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is another must-read


I don't know about this story - however it is worth consideration - BECAUSE we have had little in terms of what caused the explosion on the oil rig in the Gulf

This blogger is talking about the North Koreans attacking the oil rig

I don't know about this - it seems an unlikely target for North Korea and one certain to invite retaliation - so I tend NOT to see this report as credible.


However it is worth taking a look at

http://texasfred.net/archives/6589

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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Chris, you must be kidding.

The man is a moron!

Only if he is on a ticket with the other moron Palin does this make sense.

Seriously. He can hardly walk and chew gum.

DF
Cambridge, Mass.

Posted by: DickeyFuller | May 3, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse


Let's be HONEST within 48 everyone was saying Bush wasn't doing enough in Katrina


But now - after 2 WEEKS - the media is giving Obama a free pass.


Obama just came out in favor of EXPANDED OFFSHORE DRILLING A FEW MONTHS AGO.


Obama SHOULD HAVE HAD A PLAN READY THEN - WHEN HE WAS GIVING THE GO-AHEAD TO MORE DRILLING. THIS IS THE BIGGEST JOKE EVER.


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This is ridiculous - Obama had FEDERAL RESOURCES SIT IDLE - Obama IS COMPLETELY BUNGLING THIS OPERATION

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"drindl Rubio seems to be playing the Boomers against the retirees in Fla. Its obvious he doesn't care much about the 55 year old boomer votes and is concentrating on the 65+seniors in Fla. His argument to seniors will obviously be that he wants to delay the retirement of boomers to magically help the Fla seniors already on Medicare. Its a dispicable ploy by Rubio to pit one generation of voters against their younger almost retirees. Posted by: leichtman1"

He thinks he knows where Goldwater went wrong when AUH2O went to Florida, addressed a large crowd of conservative Senior Citizens, and told them Social Security was, GASP!!, SOCIALISM!!!.

Rubio figures that if he just says it is Socialism for the boomers and post boomers everything will be all right.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The Republican ticket is already being written, and brown isn't on it. Tha Sarahp-ack is carefully stacking the deck to gat their girl, and her side kick and moonstruck OldF..t will be another Cheney, old, grim, and the power, period, while the Buauty Queen sometimes gets to use the throne. Mostly, though, she gets relegated to the out house. The White House is for power players, and piniochiette isn't nearly heavy weight enough nor of sufficient guile and finesse to make it to the big leagues. She has about the throw weight of shrub, and most of his other more endearing characteristics as well. The R's have (in their eyes) run one shadow government, under shrub, and much of a second, under Reagan. Doing it a third time is easy.

So, mousketeers, the fun is figuring out who the eminence gruise will be this time around.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I am always suprised how three or four people try to dominate these comments and are so nasty in the process. You can certainly express your opinions without being a jerk about it. Try toning it down a little.

Posted by: and2rewham | May 3, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been this excited about a vice presidential candidate since Dan Quayle.

Posted by: johnharris1 | May 3, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The idea of Scot Brown being the next Repubican vice presidential nominee would be ridiculous if it had not come to pass that another complete unknown was selected as a
Vice Presidential candidate by John McCain in 2008.
Republicans, while utterly unknowing about this, are diving into a death spiral through their tilt to an ultra-right candidacy of many, many people, are, in the end, not even going to persuade Scot Brown to join them because they are in the process of alienating every decent American in every other part of the country except their own Confederacy.
Scott is cute, but he is NOT dumb.

Posted by: cms1 | May 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It won't be Brown, smokey topaz;
but a Ruby-O. Mark my Blue Dog word.

Posted by: BluePelican | May 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown:THE NEXT SARAH PALIN:can you say that ten times ,real fast

Posted by: apez54 | May 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown:THE NEXT SARAH PALIN

Posted by: apez54 | May 3, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

What a celebrity industry the Republicans are running. As soon as someone gets some buzz the failthful start talking about him being a presidential candidate. Especially if the buzz is negative, like McDonnell.

Reminds me of high school.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Brown may be too green to be presidential material but he would almost certainly be in the mix for vice president if anyone other than Romney is the nominee."

Ahahahaha. Did you lift this from Leno's correspondent's dinner set, or are you actually serious?

Posted by: thackerj | May 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

zoukzero manages to drive everyone away again, as usual.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If anyone wants my opinion

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that would be NO.

but you already knew this. Perhaps a gig writing car articles for stunted and under achieving shemale liberals and feminists. Let's stick to what we know.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@bsimon1: haven't you heard? Experience is bad. Experience means "establishment," inexperience is the new experience. Palin bragged about her thin resume and about how she and McGoo were gonna "shake things up."

I don't think any of those four stand a chance, for reasons we've discussed to death. It'll have to be Romney, and he'll lose. Brown would add nothing to a Romney ticket, they look like twins. Big faces, big hair, attire right off Business Week.

Not sure what you mean by "the standards of The Fix." If anyone wants my opinion this blog has gone earthward on afterburners since Obama won.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Ped, what is MSRP? I can't figure out what a Holdback is? My wife told me about this great pink pussycat garage for effeminate Libs, but I can't find it.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"You typically want the flashier guy on top with the seasoned veteran there to lend a sense of stability should the unthinkable happen. Someone with some gravitas. That's pretty much why Biden was picked."

True for obama-biden & bush-cheney. But reagan & clinton went with washington insiders to balance their inexperience in Washington. Its hard to see what a Scott Brown would add to the ticket - neither gravitas nor washington experience. He's most comparable to Edwards, who didn't add much beyond being southern when Kerry picked him; Brown of course being the opposite (a new england repub).

I'm left wondering whom the fix thinks would be willing to pick brown, and why? What does Brown add to any of the following candidates:

Pawlenty
Barbour
Daniels
Palin

None of them have enough washington experience to credibly run with a tag-along pretty-boy who adds nothing to the ticket beyond an MA address. Who else is on the watch list that would want such a running mate? Perry? (no) Romney can't ask him (same state of residence).

As I noted before, the whole premise is farcical & not up to the standards of the Fix.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 3, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown will probably fall between the ideological cracks. The GOP that was hooting and doing the aboriginal taunting dance over a Republican Senator in MA has gone into tight-lipped silence as Brown turns out to want nothing to do with the Palin crowd and has already crossed the aisle repeatedly.

So if he governs as a Democrat-with-an-R, he could win re-election, a Pyrrhic victory for the GOP and not too amenable to "Republican Rising." But he won't win if winning requires getting the conservative vote.

If he starts to hew rightward, he gets ejected by the electorate in 2012.

Seems an odd choice to run as a Republican in a blue state, especially when the Republicans are honoring a suicide pact.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

37th & O asks
"You completely left Obama OFF that list


What kind of MORON are you ???"


It was a list of Vice Presidential candidates.


What kind of MORON are you ???


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Posted by: bsimon1 | May 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

what happens when liberals actually have to defend their inane claims:

The acerbic Maher is used to making outrageous and factually empty statements on his HBO talk-show and getting nothing but an approving nod from his guests and howls of affirmation from his unwashed peanut gallery in return. But when he made this claim: “I could criticize America in general for not attacking this problem [dependency on fossil fuels] in the Seventies. I mean, Brazil got off oil in the last thirty years we certainly could’ve,” he was woefully ill-prepared to be called out on it by the acutely observant Will who pressed him: “Bill, can you just explain to me in what sense Brazil ‘got off oil’?”

It was an uncomfortable moment of reality TV as Maher played the proverbial deer in headlights. “Uh…I believe they did. I believe they, in the Seventies they had a program to use sugar cane ethanol and I believe that is what fuels their country.” A Ralph Kramden “hamana-hamana” could not have betrayed less command of the issue. Will promptly reminded the comedian: “They still burn a lot of oil and have a lot of it off-shore.”

....

By the time he tried to change his tune, the damage of Maher’s hate-speechifying was already done and his credentials as a bona fide far-left loon with no command of the facts were firmly established for all to see. One gets the feeling that Maher himself is just smart enough to paradoxically understand how much of a fool he looked at the hands of Will–who in turn actually appeared to be enjoying helping Maher self-destruct.

So thank you Bill Maher for exposing yourself on a national stage as the ideologically pompous but intellectually vacant pontificator you are. It must have been a gut-wrenching moment when you were actually challenged to back up your outlandish assertions and accusations against the right you make so freely on HBO. George Will showed that, though you may be a star in the far-left sky, you are not even ready for the minor leagues of informed (key word) political discourse…let alone “the show.” Your rants against conservative ‘ignorance’ have been revealed today for what they are: the pot calling the tea kettle black! And one thing is for sure. George Will’s beloved Chicago Cubs have a better shot at winning the World Series than he does of ever being invited to appear as a panelist on Real Time.

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/bschaeffer/2010/05/03/george-will-skewers-bill-maher/

sounds just like dribbl, Ped and DDAWD. Loony rambling absurd claims backed up by the desire for applause from loons in the audience. Kinda like this blog.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Washington - Syrian President Bashar Assad is pursuing dangerous policies that could unleash war on the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Thursday night. In a speech to the American Jewish Committee in Washington, Clinton said that Syria's transfer of weapons to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon risks throwing the region into instability. (Snip) Clinton went on to defend America's recent decision to return an ambassador to Syria after a five-year absence.
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Perhaps we can blame this on Syria. Or maybe the abject weakness of Obimbo. Kind of a toss up huh?

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

When liberals try out the real world:

Anyone watching today’s installment of ABC’s morning news program This Week had to feel some measure of pity for out-spoken left wing elite Bill Maher making his first appearance on the show as a round table guest. The condescending comic left the warm cocoon of his Real Time studio (which he routinely packs with like-minded far-left guests and an obsequious studio audience one would think hand-picked by moveon.org) and made the horrific blunder of allowing his abject ignorance and ideological blindness to be systematically exposed by the dissecting and relentless cross-examinations of conservative thinker George Will. And on network television

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

the deranged Ped arrives to strictly insult others. there is no sweeter task in life for this loner.

this weekend we discovered his sister (the manly one in the family) is just as kookoo as he/she. No wonder those poor parents shipped them off to boarding school showers the minute they could.

clearly victims like these need liberal caretakers to insure they don't harm themselves with sharp objects or steep stairways.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

GJJ, I'm not sure about Brown either way since I've had so little exposure to him. It's just that the little exposure I've had hasn't been stellar.

But Biden is a tough debate no matter who you are.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

When berry gets back from his golf game, ask him about this. He may have an answer loaded into his trusty prompter by the end of the month:
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If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

The "In-Situ Burn" plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.

When federal officials called, Elastec/American Marine, shipped the only boom it had in stock, Jeff Bohleber, chief financial officer for Elastec, said today.

At federal officials' behest, the company began calling customers in other countries and asking if the U.S. government could borrow their fire booms for a few days, he said.

A single fire boom being towed by two boats can burn up to 1,800 barrels of oil an hour, Bohleber said. That translates to 75,000 gallons an hour, raising the possibility that the spill could have been contained at the accident scene 100 miles from shore.

"They said this was the tool of last resort. No, this is absolutely the asset of first use. Get in there and start burning oil before the spill gets out of hand," Bohleber said. "If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose."

In the days after the rig sank, U.S Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the government had all the assets it needed. She did not discuss why officials waited more than a week to conduct a test burn.

At the time, former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oil spill response coordinator Ron Gouget -- who helped craft the 1994 plan -- told the Press-Register that officials had pre-approval for burning. "The whole reason the plan was created was so we could pull the trigger right away."

Gouget speculated that burning could have captured 95 percent of the oil as it spilled from the well.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

drindl Rubio seems to be playing the Boomers against the retirees in Fla. Its obvious he doesn't care much about the 55 year old boomer votes and is concentrating on the 65+seniors in Fla. His argument to seniors will obviously be that he wants to delay the retirement of boomers to magically help the Fla seniors already on Medicare. Its a dispicable ploy by Rubio to pit one generation of voters against their younger almost retirees.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

CNN's Cafferty Rips Obama a New One on Arizona Illegal Immigrant Law

Dear Leader cares not a wit about enforcing existing federal immigration statutes and closing our porous borders. He believes it is more important to expand the Democrat voter base and create a more-dependent populace. But when Jack Cafferty draws attention to Obama's inaction and ineptitude on Communist News Network, there's a chance, however slight, that a few of their 100-or-so thinking viewers per day might actually learn something besides the White House-DNC talking points.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, I'm not sure I'd write off Scott Brown's ability to hold his own in debates. Sure, he didn't really need anything like that to benefit from Martha Coakley's implosion, but since he's taken office, he's already bucked his party's establishment to vote with what he thought his constituents in Massachusetts wanted. If he didn't have what it takes to hang with the big boys, he wouldn't have had the guts to do that. Though we'll see if conservative backlash to further moderation on his part cows him.

Mind you, I wouldn't put my money on Brown if he were to go toe-to-toe with Joe Biden right now. I just don't think he would be a pushover.

37thand0street, bsimon1's list was of vice presidential candidates. President Obama was never a vice presidential candidate.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

You really don't have anything at all to do with your time, do you? What an empty life.

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Curious why you read his posts at all. Bad time management. You already know what it'll be: mental illness writ large. Just scroll past and to hell with him and all his sick hate.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

You really don't have anything at all to do with your time, do you? What an empty life.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 1:44 PM


Tehe. the loon speaks.:


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that's some "life" you got yersef there kookoo!

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I think the McCain/Palin ticket was upside down. You typically want the flashier guy on top with the seasoned veteran there to lend a sense of stability should the unthinkable happen. Someone with some gravitas. That's pretty much why Biden was picked.

I'm not sure what to make of Brown. The guy just doesn't seem that smart in my limited exposure to him. I don't think the Republicans want another buffoon like Sarah Palin as a running mate. Obviously he's a step above, but he needs to be able to carry his own in tough debates and interviews.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

wonder how this will go over with middle-aged voters:


'Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio was pressed on Sunday on statements he made earlier that he believed Social Security benefits should be cut for Americans now under the age of 55.

"I stand by it squarely," Rubio told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," adding that "the systems have to change"

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

WAS OBAMA ABOUT TO GIVE BP AN AWARD FOR OFFSHORE SAFETY ????


BP finalist for pollution prevention award


BP, now under federal scrutiny because of its role in the deadly Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill, is one of three finalists for a federal award honoring offshore oil companies for "outstanding safety and pollution prevention."

The winner of the award - chosen before the April 20 oil rig incident - was to be announced this coming Monday at a luncheon in Houston. But the U.S. Department of Interior this week postponed the awards ceremony, saying it needs to devote its resources to the ongoing situation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and fire.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1


You completely left Obama OFF that list

What kind of MORON are you ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

For a reminder of how ridiculous the proposition of Scott Brown on the national stage in 2012 is, he would have less experience than not only Sarah Palin and John Edwards, but both of them were dwarfed by the much maligned Dan Quayle's experience (8 yrs in Senate, 4 in house). Of those that have been on the winning ticket, the prior VPs have been:

Biden
Cheney
Gore
Quayle
Bush
Mondale

On the losing side, least experience is a tossup between Palin & Edwards, other recent losing VP candidates were:

Lieberman
Kemp
Bentsen
Ferraro

In the face of history, this speculation on the latest flavor-of-the-month's future rapid rise in politics is a significant longshot.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 3, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"I just did a search for "dribbl's brain"

Result:

HTTP 404 Not found

Posted by: Comrade_Zero "


You really don't have anything at all to do with your time, do you? What an empty life.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I'd say Scott Brown is "too green" for anything so much as I'd say it's too early for anyone to consider him a viable option for higher office. He's only been in office a few months; I doubt any major 2012 player is looking to see how Brown fares to see if he'll be a vice president possibility. He might yet develop into one, but his quasi-unexpected victory in Massachusetts alone isn't enough to make him a contender.

Along the same lines, the guy just got elected this year; he'll have been in the Senate for two years when 2012 rolls around. Brown seems sharp enough to know it might not be good politics for him to bail on Massachusetts so quickly. Reminds me of all the hoopla surrounding Ted Strickland here in Ohio as a VP possibility for President Obama in 2008. A lot of people -- The Fix included, if I recall correctly -- saw Strickland as a good option to shore up some of the demographics Obama was struggling with. But Strickland had just been elected governor in 2006, and even though he had to have known Obama had very good chances of ending up in the White House, he knew it was better for Ohio (and better for him politically) for him to stay governor.

People might make comparisons to Obama, who'd only been in the U.S. Senate for four years when he was elected president, but in politics, four years is a heck of a lot longer than two years. Sarah Palin had been governor of Alaska for only two years prior to getting the Republican nod for VP, and although you can't place all the blame for John McCain's loss on her, you can probably make a pretty strong case for her decision not being good politics.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I just did a search for "dribbl's brain"

Result:

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Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

EYES ONLY, "FIX" BLOG-SPAMMERS


Two little words from the scrivener:

PROJECT GENEVA.

(Bob Woodward: Has someone clued you in on this yet?)


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ATTENTION SEN. LIEBERMAN, HOMELAND OVERSIGHT HONCHOS:

AMERICANS ARE BEING SERIOUSLY HARMED BY A COVERT HOMELAND SECURITY-LED MULTI-AGENCY PROGRAM. WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?

All of those cell towers you see all over America -- and other nations -- are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS -- part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run "fusion center" network to silently torture, impaiir, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly '"targeted" citizens.

And apparently, the genocidal use of this precision-targeted domestic weapon system to attack and harm U.S. citizens is being done WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

Veteran mainstream media journalist Vic Livingston reports:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Obama: Take Down Fusion Center Gestapo..."

(Vic Livingston is on Facebook -- when he's not being censored by a rogue surveillance-censorship regime apparently run out of the nation's Homeland- administered multi-agency fusion centers by "information systems" defense contractor "gatekeepers.")

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

dribl is pleased because she lied on her health application about her pre-existing condition - mental retardation. ( I think there is a new PC term for this but am not sure we ALL call it "progressive" yet)

Like most of her fellow loons, the onset came when Bush beat Gore and only got worse over the years as more and more of their idiotic policies were embarrassingly moronic and ruined the nation.

there was a brief swell of interest in the last election, before the imbecilic qualities of leftist government were revealed in about three months. now all moderates and even a lot of sensible Dems have turned on Obimbo and his stormtroopers.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"Today's Monday Fix column -- yes, we write for the dead-tree edition of the Post too! -- looks at Sen. Scott Brown's (R) decision to wade into the special elections in Hawaii and Pennsylvania and what it might mean for the man from Massachusetts' political future."


Waste of ink, time and trees. The Fix can do better.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | May 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Americans are already starting to see the benefits of health care reform. The new law requires health insurance companies — starting in September — to end their most indefensible practice: rescinding coverage after a policyholder gets sick. In recent days insurers and their trade association have rushed to announce that they will end rescissions immediately.

That is very good news for the thousands of people who each year pay their premiums but lose their coverage just when they are likely to run up big medical bills.

The insurers decided to act quickly after they were whacked by some very bad publicity. An investigative report by Reuters said that one of the nation’s biggest insurers, WellPoint, was targeting women with breast cancer for rescissions. "

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary, Scott Brown will be the historical turning point where the socialists lost the consent of the governed and instead rammed their leftist unpopular agenda through over the loud complaints of the electorate.

the history books will show that this represented the apex of leftist policy, a long slow slide to mediocrity ensued, with a record breaking landslide election in november further distancing the kooks in power from the people.

the previous socialist leaders, including Peloony and Dingy harry will be shown the door and unceremoniously rejected as Obimbo attempts to find someone to point the finger at in desperate attempts to get reelected.

He will go down as even worse than Carter and all his socialist ideas will be retired for a few more decades.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Meantime, Carly Fiorina is sinking in CA. She just doesn't know how to do the TP perp walk...

"But when asked in an interview with POLITICO if Republicans needed to make any changes in their approach to the growing Hispanic community, Fiorina replied, "There has been a very unfortunate racist tone that has emerged in a lot of the discussion about immigration and that's inexcusable.

We must be a country that welcomes legal immigrants to this country. We must be a country that recognizes that we have industries like agriculture that have depended on temporary migrant labor for generations."

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown as presidential material --LOL. Mr. Pink Hot Pants will be remembered as punchline for late night comics, just like Dan quayle.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Only a dozen years ago, in 1998, President Bill Clinton enjoyed 70 percent job approval. Prime Minister Tony Blair was basking in adulation in his first full year in office.

Clinton "third way" New Democrats and Blair's "New Labor" party seemed to have a bright and long future ahead. Clinton's designated successor, Al Gore, despite some ham-handed campaigning, came out ahead in the popular vote in 2000 and lost the presidency by only some hundreds of votes in Florida. With Blair at its head, Labor won unprecedented re-election victories in 2001 and 2005.

Now, less than a generation later, both New Democrats and New Labour seem defunct.

Both parties have moved well to the left. Barack Obama and Blair's successor, Gordon Brown, head governments that are running budget deficits of 10 percent of gross domestic product. Both are promoting higher taxes and expansion of government programs.

The financial crisis is one reason for the large deficits. But it is undeniable that to varying extents both Obama and Brown have pursued more statist policies than their predecessors did a dozen years ago.

And it is undeniable, too, that both are in trouble with the voters.

Clinton calculated that Democrats could not win except by making inroads in the South and by making big gains in the suburbs. That's how he won twice, and Obama improved on his leads in the suburbs and carried three Southern states with Northern-accented suburbs (Virginia, North Carolina and Florida).

But Obama ran well behind in eight Southern-accented and Mountain states that Clinton carried in 1992. And polling now shows Democrats weaker than Obama was in 2008 virtually everywhere except in university towns and the affluent precincts of metro New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Similarly, in Britain polling has shown Brown's Labor party holding its traditional redoubts in declining industrial towns but getting shellacked in the affluent suburbs where Tony Blair's New Labor thrived.

The left parties have reacted to their unpopularity by playing the race card. Democrats have tried to portray tea partiers as racist, and Brown called a lifelong Labor voter who questioned his policies a "bigoted woman."

Blaming the voters is the last resort of a party in trouble. Old Labor and the Obama Democrats may not yet be finished. But they're not doing as well as their "third way" predecessors.

-Barone

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Greene isn't being conscripted by any populist groundswell of Democrats. He has nominated himself and will pay for his own campaign with his own money.

The Democratic Party doesn't want him there, no matter what Zero says.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

65% here agree that Brown will be out of the Senate -- and unemployed. He's a flash in the pan.

Once he starts courting the ideological right after pretending to be moderate, he's dead meat in Massachusetts.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Who ever said Obama was "too green" to be President ??? OH sorry, Scott Brown hasn't done a book tour yet.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Since Rs are comfortable with pushing to limit tort liability, they should be thrilled to hear that BP has already started that practice with Fla fishermen who are losing their livelihoods as we post:

Napolitano also said she would investigate reports that local residents working on cleanup efforts are being required to sign waivers limiting liability in case of injury, or confidentiality agreements. "I'm looking into that right now. I was just alerted to that," Napolitano said. "And if that, in fact, is the case, that is a practice we want stopped immediately."

When will we hear of R Senators drafting legislation to shield BP from liability?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 3, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Man of the People

Since Kendrick Meek's Senate campaign in Florida is foundering in the mid-teens to low twenties in the polls, Democrats are desperate to recruit a stronger candidate. They think they may have found one in Jeff Greene. Jeff Greene is the ideal candidate to appeal to middle and working class voters... he's a billionaire who made his fortune by shorting the real estate market Goldman-Sachs style. Yeah, there's a guy who understands the problems of regular voters. You know, the outrageous rates for yacht insurance. The chronic headache of insolent butlers. The antiquated air traffic control system that keeps your G5 in a holding pattern for twenty minutes. The outrageous price of arugula at Whole Foods.

But mainly, the irony of the Democrats trying to recruit a candidate who got rich off the same schemes they're prosecuting Goldman-Sachs for... it's so sweet it must be fattening.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm Convinced of the Need for Open Borders Now

Eleanor Rodham Clift --- displaying the progressive capacity for deep analytical thought in its fullest flower --- says we should have open borders because without it, we wouldn't have "diversity of food."


"It's a happy invasion for most people in this country," Clift proclaimed. "[W]e love the diversity of food."

As a rich white dingbat, Clift is isolated from the drug runners, MS-13, and antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis that the "happy invasion" brings over the border. For her, illegals just mean she pays a little less when she goes out for tapas and paella because the busboys and dishwashers are paid subminimum wage under the table.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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